In 2020 Grace Baptist Mission (GBM) planned to hold a family camp at Athelington in Suffolk but this has now been moved to 2021 (see GBM web site) . Due to fixture congestion we weren't able to run a Family Camp at Root Hill in 2019.
Click on the link below to download the 2017 Root Hill Family Camp brochure
Family Camp 2011
About 70 people came for our 2nd Family Camp at Root Hill Farm Chris Pegington was our main speaker for the week. He lead the morning devotions on the life of Barnabas. On Sunday evening he told about the GBM Envision team to Peru that they led back in January. On Monday evening we were due to have Jim Sayers from GBM but there was a mix up with the dates. On Tuesday Nigel Hoad updated us with the latest on the Thames Gateway project to plant a church in Ebbsfleet. Chris spoke on Wednesday evening about Creation and on Thursday Steve Challen from Grace2London updated us on the preparations for the 2012 olympics. david Wilcox, just back from Macedoni spoke on Friday evening Norman Allin supplied the bookstall and there was a tradecraft stall too. We had a trip to Littlehampton, climbed Boxhill and spent a lot of time on the campsite with the bouncy castle, trampoline, paddling pool and bouncy slide getting a lot of use.
Details of the Family Camp
The Root Hill Family Camp was a new venture in 2009 and is run in conjunction with the Association of Grace Baptist Churches south East (South West District). ========== ACCOMMODATION ==========
Bring your own tent or hire/buy one from us. We can supply sleeping bags, air beds and blankets if required. There is room for a small number of caravans with optional electric hook-up. Or you can come as a day visitor. The Travelodge in Dorking is only 3 miles away and they have some cheaper rooms available if you book early. ========== BACKGROUND ==========
Root Hill Farm is 3 miles south east of Dorking, in the heart of the Surrey countryside, with views across the North Downs. The post code is RH3 7AS, and it is 20 mins. from Jn 8 or 9 of the M25. David & Esther Hollands are running this camp in conjunction with the South West District of the Association of Grace Baptist Churches (SE). ========== CATERING ==========
This is a self-catering camp, but if you don?t have your own cooking equipment the camp kitchen is fully equipped with 3 gas cookers & utensils, and you are welcome to use that. You may like to join with another group and cook/eat with them. Basic foodstuffs will be available on-site. Brockham (2 miles) has a village shop and Dorking (3 miles) has 2 supermarkets, no Woolworths and various take-aways. ========== DETAILS ==========
All prices are for the full week on a self-catering basis in tent or caravan. Cost per adult £30 Children under 18 £20 (you only need to pay for the first 2 children) Children under 5 £10 Cost for electric hook-up for caravan or tent £20 (limited no. available). Tent Hire from £10 for 2 person to £40 for a family tent, or you can buy a 2nd hand or new one from us for 2 or 3 times that price. ========== ENTERTAINMENT ==========
The holiday is designed to be relaxed and informal. As well as having opportunity to play games on the field, we have woods on the farm and good local walks. The neighbouring farm has a large dairy herd and a modern rotating milking parlour, and young calves to see. There will be leaflets available detailing nearby places to visit. Dorking has swimming centre & indoor gym. Chessington World of Adventure, Godstone & Bocketts farm parks, and also Guildford & Crawley, with bowling, Laser Quest, boating & Ice Skating are all within 1/2 an hours drive. The Bluebell Steam railway and the seaside (Brighton, Worthing & Littlehampton) are an hour away. Several National Trust places are within easy reach (Box Hill, Polesdon Lacey, Nymans Gardens). ========== FACILITIES ==========
The toilet block has hot showers and a hair dryer. There is a microwave, washing machines, tumble driers, hot running water and plenty of fridges & freezers! The Good News Barn is a fully carpeted eating/meeting room. The lounge to the side has armchairs and hot drink facilities. We will have a small bookstall & a tuck shop, selling sweets, drinks, ice creams, torches, notebooks, pens, small toys & souvenirs etc. We also have a full-size Snooker table, table tennis, table football, unicycle, large paddling pool, trampoline, bouncy castle, inflatable slide, tractor rides, swings, go-karts, giant Jenga, football, cricket, rounders, basketball, volleyball, badminton, as well as some toddler toys too. ========== GOOD NEWS BARN ==========
Our guest speaker will lead the morning devotions in the Good News Barn and we also hope to run a parallel children's meeting and a creche. In the evening we hope to have a variety of speakers dealing with missionary and other topics for those able to attend. ========== HISTORY ==========
Frank Hollands began farming here in 1922 and his son Ralph continued until his retirement at the end of the nineties. His son David thought farming was too much like hard work and so, with Esther, began running camps in 1994. Children's camps are held during the May 1/2 term, and the GBM youth camp is held at the end of August. ========== INFORMATION ==========
If you want to come, please contact us for a booking form